Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is willing to make any statement in an attempt to disrupt his opponent, inspire his club and/or control media perception. This tendency makes the Portuguese boss a Machiavellian figure in the world of football.
Writers and commentators make more of what’s said than need be, but in a 24-hour news cycle, combined with social media, it becomes understandable. A prominent public figure who isn’t afraid to be forthright will always be a target of conjecture and speculation.
The term “mind games” isn’t really fitting for what Mourinho does—it's more brutal opinion with a hint of partisanism. That being said, one can clearly see he enjoys being labeled a psychological mastermind:
Mourinho: 'Everything I say and do are mind games. The only thing that is not mind games are the results.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) February 7, 2014
Mourinho’s key managerial positions, in Porto (2002-04), Inter Milan (2008-10), Real Madrid (2010-13) and two stints in Chelsea (2004-07, 2013-present), have been rife with moments of humour, cunning statements and the occasional controversy. Based in large part on The Special One’s willingness to speak candidly on any and every topic presented to him.
This season certainly not excluded.
Mourinho’s second spell in west London has gotten off to a more-than-auspicious start, as Chelsea are currently resting atop the Premier League. Even still, the Portuguese has found no issue igniting, tending or extinguishing fires through the press.
It could be argued the Chelsea gaffer's been in midseason form since his appointment in June.